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Gay Wins 200 Meter Race at World Athletics Final

American sprinter Tyson Gay has won the men's 200 meters race by beating world and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin at the World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo.

Gay finished the race in 19.96 seconds with Jamaica's Christopher Williams second (20.19) and Wallace Spearmon of the United States third (20.21). Gatlin was nursing a thigh injury and finished fourth.

Another American, Tyree Washington, won the 400 meters race in 44.51seconds. Pre-race favorite - world and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner of the United States - slowed because of an injury and finished last (46.37).

Also Friday, Bernard Lagat of the United States won the 3000 meters (7:38). Paul Koech of Kenya won the men's 3000 meter steeplechase (8:07.91).

American Brad Walker took the men's pole vault by clearing 5.86 m. Two-time world and Olympic champion Virgilijus Alenka of Lithuania won the men's discus with a throw of 67.64 m.

In women's events, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell won the 100 meters in 10.92 seconds. Lashinda Demus of the United States won the 400 meters in 53.37 seconds. Yusuf Maryam Jamal of Bahrain took the women's 1,500 meters in 3:59.35, while Meseret Defar of Ethiopia won the 5,000 meters race in 14:45.87.

Dorcus Inzikuru of Uganda won the 3,000 meter steeplechase for the sixth time in a row this year (9:21.80). Tatiana Kotova of Russia won the long jump with a distance of 6.83 m.

Some information for this report provided by AP.